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20 Reasons to Visit Philippines

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With around 7,640 islands, 24 active volcanoes, 182 ethnolinguistic groups, 6 UNESCO Heritage Sites, and 2,000-year-old rice fields, the numbers speak for themselves: the Philippines is a fascinating country with plenty to explore.

Tourists from all over the world come to see the Philippines each year. The nationality most commonly represented by visitors to the Philippines is South Korea, followed by China, the United States, Japan, and Australia.

Tourism in the Philippines

Tourism in the Philippines is an important part of the country’s economy and contributes around 10% to the national GDP.

In 2019, there were 8.26 million foreign tourist arrivals, the highest number the country had seen. That number fell dramatically in the subsequent two years due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but is expected to rise in the future.

As detailed in the bar graph above, less than 1.5 million tourists arrived in the Philippines in 2020, and that number dropped to just 160,000 in 2021 — that’s less than 2% of the tourist arrivals in 2019.

The different sectors of the tourism industry in the Philippines have responded to and are recovering from the COVID-19 Pandemic at different rates. In 2020, all types of tourism saw dramatic declines in growth, of which accommodation-related services saw the most dramatic decline.

In 2021, nearly all areas of the Philippine tourism industry saw a positive growth rate; country-specific tourism services had the highest growth rate at 36%, and accommodation services for visitors had the only negative growth rate at -10.4%.

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